Hadouken!
For The Masses


2.0
poor

Review

by Deviant STAFF
April 13th, 2010 | 74 replies | 9,957 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How much talent does it take to make drunk people dance? Find out below....

Previously on Hadouken!....

A few years back certain publications were proclaiming that rising up and comers Hadouken! were a “band to watch”, “flag bearers of the nu rave scene”, and a “force to be reckoned with”. Fast forward to the present day and these same publications are now telling us that the same band just isn’t worth bothering with. Now I know hindsight is 20/20, but that’s quite a huge about face to be making; could it possibly be that everyone woke up and realized that Nu Rave just wasn’t a genre worthy of anything more than a couple of jokes and a few disgruntled remarks? Or did everyone just hear Hadouken’s debut and realize that they were, in fact, wrong? And I’m not talking about just making a slight misinformed critique here, this was on a much bigger scale than these magazines would like you to think about. Music For An Accelerated Culture seemed to be accepted with a kind of reluctant acceptance simply because, it seemed, that it was all just a bit tongue in cheek. Which is fine, you can have a sense of humor/fun in your music and still be a good band, there’s nothing wrong with that. But there comes a time in every band’s career when a little maturity is in order; I just wished Hadouken! had found some before writing this album.

Now what do you do to raise a little hype when no one really seems interested in hearing what you’re going to do next? Well you call in current d’n’b heroes Noisia to produce your next L.P. of course, and cross your fingers that they’ll say yes; and strangely, they did. As a result, For The Masses comes across as a lot more dance oriented than last round, in fact the focus on live instrumentation is, for the most part, discarded entirely. What we end up with is a product more violent and rough around the edges than anything our colorful little heroes have done before. It’s almost Prodigy like, with its punk rock swagger and shouted quasi anthems custom made for the aggressive and repressed rave kid in all of us, because you know they exist, right? Case in point being this lovely little speech repeated ad infinitum on ‘Ugly’: “You take it on the chin, I’m gonna *** your face up” and “Its ugly like your sister”. It’s like bro core for the dance sect, something you know we’ve all been waiting patiently for….

The aggressive tone is a constant, and it pretty much only excels in showing you just how utterly ridiculous one man can be, and I don’t mean the good kind of ridiculous. And that’s probably the biggest problem with this band, frontman James Smith and his love affair with a microphone. Displaying all the stage presence of a puppet minus the required inserted hand, and the restraint of a drug induced cocker spaniel James occupies the majority of the album spouting out off the cuff and, obviously on the fly, remarks and semi passable lyrics. It’s his god awful squalls that all too often detract from the obvious talents of the producers on hand, and even the other band members at times. That’s right folks, this actually is a whole band here!!

Now, there are times when this little formula of rave/sickly beats and aggressive lyrics actually works; both ‘Turn The Lights Out’ and ‘Bombshock’ contain something resembling a replay value, with the later containing a vibrating and electrifying presence that will be hard to ignore. But it’s all just a bit simple, and it contains just about as much subtlety as a sledgehammer to the head. Huge bass coupled with chugging guitars, and then an ever grating emergence of tacky synths, there’s just no real emotion on offer. Unless you’re looking for the musical equivalent of a one night stand that just happens to pass out mid-coitus, well then I guess you’re in luck.

What Hadouken! do succeed in accomplishing here is providing more music to entertain the young masses who spend their Saturday nights driving endlessly in circles in their modified cars. You know the ones who think it’s cool to wear sunglasses at night, those cats. In fact they’ll probably stand as some kind of shining light of hope for all those ‘kids’; sadly the rest of us know better, for us Hadouken! will never be as good as their beloved influences.

Oh, and there’s autotune…….

We now to return to your regular broadcast



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2010



30297 Comments


If you really wanna check it out....
Turn The Lights Out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRhuaTFNBUQ
M.A.D:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxxmZhvkHa8
Bombshock:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9FrdicitoA

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Inveigh
April 13th 2010



24190 Comments


It’s like bro core for the dance sect, something you know we’ve all been waiting patiently for…

oh god...

good review though man, enjoyable even though I know nothing about the genre.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2010



30297 Comments


You don't want to know about this genre, trust me on that. Its like Brokencyde with house tendencies

Inveigh
April 13th 2010



24190 Comments


doesn't sound up my alley in the least holmes. also probably the worst possible introduction to electronica i imagine

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2010



30297 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejOm1V0Qpvk
Try that out Blake

Inveigh
April 13th 2010



24190 Comments


not bad, dunno that I'd be able to bump it often, but I could see myself rocking it in the right setting. i can't say i've ever been to a rave though (not counting being dragged to shitty clubs downtown on occasion).

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2010



30297 Comments


Hey hey, those 'shitty' clubs are the source of many memorable nights for yours truly. And some nights I can't remember at all too!

Inveigh
April 13th 2010



24190 Comments


eh perhaps it's different where you live man. at the least the places I've been are not for me. i prefer a pub, dive or punk bar, and some of the clubbier type places on the north side are alright, it's just the ones down on Division annoy the shit outta me. mighta just been bad experiences i guess though too.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2010



30297 Comments


Depends on the crowds they draw, which is obviously a result of who plays there. I'll convert you yet though mate!

Inveigh
April 13th 2010



24190 Comments


haha, game on homie

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2010



30297 Comments


*plots next move*

Mars Blackmon
April 13th 2010



351 Comments


Wow this is awful. Nu-Rave?

theacademy
April 13th 2010



27694 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dude their first album was fun as hell

(but not a 4)

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2010



30297 Comments


I prefer their first album to this, but only just man

theacademy
April 14th 2010



27694 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i have this as "Nu-Rave/Grindie" in my itunes

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2010



30297 Comments


Grindie is a pretty funny term

shortz
April 14th 2010



201 Comments


Haha, funny review. I actually enjoyed their first album a bit, but will definitely not be checking this one out.

theacademy
April 14th 2010



27694 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Case in point being this lovely little speech repeated ad infinitum on ‘Ugly’: “You take it on the chin, I’m gonna *** your face up” and “Its ugly like your sister”.


easily best part of the album.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2010



30297 Comments


Am I only one who thinks that the beginnings of Rebirth sound like they've been listening to Start Something era Lostprophets?

bloc
April 14th 2010



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I listened to the album before this and it was the worst thing everrrrrrrrrrr

Well you call in current d’n’b heroes Noisia to produce your next L.P. of course, and cross your fingers that they’ll say yes; and strangely, they did.

BAHA, MY DAY IS MADE. HOW DO YOU LIKE 'EM NOW CRACKER BOY.

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